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5 Haunting Housing Charts

We publish thousands (yes, thousands) of housing-related charts monthly. On the bright side, most of these charts signal continued growth for housing and the overall economy. However, some charts are a bit frightening. In honor of Halloween, here are our …

8 Big Housing Changes Thanks to Driverless Cars

The combination of widespread ride-sharing and self-driving cars will reshape housing in 8 significant ways: Prime real estate will be unlocked for new home construction (parking lots, auto dealerships, gas stations). Outlying drive-until-you-qualify housing markets will eventually reemerge once the …

Permanent Tech Disruptions to Home Sales

rpalacios@realestateconsulting.com | (949) 870-1244 Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr Technology has permanently taken two months off the time required to sell a home. New real estate technologies empower: A new group of highly informed, quick-close, all-cash buyers Very informed homeowners who are increasingly …

Housing’s Got a Spring in Its Step This Year

Three months into 2017, it is clear to us that home builders have started the year off on a much better foot than 2016. Based on our monthly survey of over 300 home builders across the country, new home sales …

Our 2016 Track Record

rpalacios@realestateconsulting.com | (949) 870-1244 Twitter: @RickPalaciosJr Click here to watch our video recap of our 2016 forecasts   With a lot of insight from our clients and survey participants who build and finance a large percentage of the homes built …

The Housing Cycle: Market by Market

Where are we in the housing cycle? This, by far, is the question we get asked the most. It’s often framed with the metaphor of a nine-inning baseball game: What inning are we in? This question implies that markets move …

For Rent Beating For Sale

The stock market has changed its tune from being bullish on for-sale housing to being bullish on rental housing. Apartment stocks are up 35% YTD, and single-family rental stocks are up 5%—while the home builders are flat. While survey after …

Why Frame Walls When You Can Frack Wells?

In late 2008, oil and gas pipeline construction workers earned $0.46 per hour more than new home framing contractors. Today, they earn $8.15 more per hour. It’s no wonder labor is tight in the new home market, especially in Texas …

Student Loans Will Cost the Industry $83 Billion this Year

8% fewer homes will transact than normal in 2014, purely due to student debt. This week, our clients received a 30-page paper that assesses the impact of student loans on home buying for households under the age of 40. Our …

Staying Ahead Of Housing’s Next Cover Story

A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, so is a magazine cover. In both good times and bad the media loves a juicy housing story, as demonstrated by the cover images shown below. In 2005,TIME Magazine’s …